ESB Completes Pilot Electric Vehicle Project In Ireland For European Commission

3 years ago by Mark Kane 8

 EV Owner Natalia Atemieva charging her ecar at a fast charge point in Park Pointe, DunLaoghaire.

EV Owner Natalia Atemieva charging her ecar at a fast charge point in Park Pointe, DunLaoghaire.

Ireland's Charge Point Network

Ireland’s Charge Point Network

Ireland expanded its quick charging network installing fast chargers every 60 kilometers along Ireland’s main roads.

The recently completed pilot electric vehicle project for the European Commission helped to finance 46 fast charge points and now all major towns in Ireland are “connected“.

“ESB announced that it has successfully completed the installation of electric vehicle fast chargers across the country plus 10 AC chargers located at Iarnród Éireann sites as part of a pilot project co-funded by European Commission via the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). In addition, five fast chargers have been also installed under this programme in Northern Ireland by the Department for Regional Development, Northern Ireland.This first of its kind project, will provide advice and learning experiences for similar projects in other European countries. These installations bring the total number of public electric car charging points across the island of Ireland to approximately 1,200, connecting all major towns and cities.”

“The data and behavioural studies monitored during the project have provided an invaluable insight into driver needs and habits, which will be imperative to the final report to European Commission.”

John McSweeney, head of Innovation, ESB commented:

“It is a great achievement to reach the completion of this project. A huge amount of work has been put into providing fast charge points throughout Ireland and it is expected that the nationwide network of charge points will encourage people to go electric in the near future.”

“An electric car costs just 2 cents a kilometre to fuel and the average motorist could achieve running cost savings of almost €2,300 a year. Electric cars offer the prospect of very real savings to Irish motorists.”

Charging points in Ireland can be seen on this map.

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8 responses to "ESB Completes Pilot Electric Vehicle Project In Ireland For European Commission"

  1. offib says:

    They still have a lot to do though. T

    1. offib says:

      … They just started installing rapid chargers with CCS along with the more common CHAdeMO, Menekenes connectors. I’m not sure if the older stations, especially some of the CHAdeMO-only ones will be upgraded.

  2. Stimpacker says:

    Hooray for Ireland. This is exactly where fast chargers belong – along the main roads, freeways.

    What the heck was Nissan USA thinking when they stuck 1 lousy undependable fast charger at scattered dealerships?

    1. offib says:

      … I don’t want to be the downer here but there are few rapid chargers that are located at Nissan dealerships, but most are at petrol stations. Some dealerships offer 24hr service, others in a pathetically small window. The latter of which are more likely to keep the rapid chargers in a state of disrepair or with its power completely shut off by the manager.

  3. krona2k says:

    Now that’s how to do a charging network!

    1. offib says:

      And people over here still think that we have nowhere to charge!

  4. Aatheus says:

    Well done Ireland! Now start offering EVs for rental also!

    1. Phr3d says:

      no doubt, give visitors a test drive of the quiet ride and if they ‘get it’ they are likely to Want to stop longer if the network matches views/interest points.

      Go Ireland!